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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Anonna Dutt


Anonna Dutt is a health reporter with the Indian Express. She writes on the government’s health policies, trends in healthcare, and the pandemic. Follow her on Twitter: @AnonnaDutt

AIIMS removes all user charges for tests, diagnostics less than Rs 300
Thu, May 19, 2022

Currently, most blood and urine tests at AIIMS cost around Rs 25, plain x-rays cost anywhere between Rs 30 to 200 depending on the body part being investigated, mammography costs Rs 300, and ultrasound costs Rs 200.

Hyderabad space startup successfully tests solid fuel engine for its launch vehicle
Thu, May 19, 2022

Skyroot is among the handful of space startups that have already started working on launch vehicles, satellites, and their applications since the space sector was opened up to private players by the current government two years ago.

Explained: What are BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron, and can they lead to a Covid surge in India?
Thu, May 19, 2022

The European CDC is anticipating a significant overall increase in Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks and months due to the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron. What are these new strains, and could they trigger a fourth wave in India as well?

Liver transplant: New hope for patients as doctors overcome blood group hurdle
Tue, May 17, 2022

Use of blood group incompatible donors helps increase the donor pool in a country like India that largely depends on relatives to donate organs

Central officials raise red flag as Bengal allots medical seats to Ukraine returnees
Tue, May 17, 2022

On April 28, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that her government would accommodate 412 students who were forced to return to the state from Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

More people opting for third Covid dose in Delhi since it was made free
Tue, May 17, 2022

There were 3,036 precaution doses administered till 7 pm on Monday, which accounted for over 73% of total doses administered on the day.

Explained: India’s hypertension challenge and why we need to be more alert
Sat, May 14, 2022

An analysis of data from the health ministry’s India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) shows that 23% known hypertension patients registered with the programme had uncontrolled hypertension. Why is this cause for worry? And what is the government doing?

Combating heatwave: ‘Drink water but don’t overdo it. It can overload kidneys. Track urine output instead’
Sun, May 15, 2022

With temperatures crossing 40°C in several parts of the country, and states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra experiencing a heat wave, complaints of heat exhaustion are rising. Those staying outdoors during the hottest hours of the day are also at risk of a heat stroke.

MBBS graduates, doctors’ associations continue protests for NEET-PG 2022 postponement
Fri, May 13, 2022

The National Board of Education, which conducts NEET-PG, on Tuesday, released a circular confirming that the test will indeed happen as planned on May 21 and that admit cards would be distributed soon.

Explained: Why do some doctors want NEET-PG 2022 delayed?
Thu, May 12, 2022

Last year, doctors had protested against the delays in 2021 NEET-PG counselling. We explain why this year, some want the examination postponed.

With 2 new buildings for its outpatient and inpatient depts, Lady Hardinge Medical College gets an infra boost
Tue, May 10, 2022

The new buildings have wide corridors, large waiting areas at the entrance and in front of all the clinics to ensure patients do not have to keep standing in queues.

Lady Hardinge’s new OPD block to open today
Mon, May 09, 2022

The redevelopment plan for the hospital — which was established as an 80-bed centre in 1916, and grew to become the current 877-bed Sucheta Kriplani hospital and 377-bed Kalawati Saran Children’s hospital —was approved by the government 13 years ago.

‘India too may have acute hepatitis cases… Child specialists must stay alert’
Sun, May 08, 2022

Over the last three weeks, several cases of acute hepatitis or liver inflammation of unknown origin have been reported among children in the US and Europe. At least 17 of them needed a liver transplant and one died of the disease as per the World Health Organization. Dr SHIV KUMAR SARIN speaks to ANONNA DUTT about how the disease is different from the usual hepatitis, the possible reasons for its spread among children, and preventive measures that parents can take.

WHO: 47.4 lakh India Covid deaths, nearly 10 times official count
Fri, May 06, 2022

In its report on excess deaths due to Covid, WHO said that an estimated 1.5 crore people are likely to have succumbed to the direct or indirect impact of the disease globally during the first two years of the pandemic — instead of the 54 lakh that have been recorded officially by countries separately.

Explained: What is Shigella, the bacteria that killed a girl in Kerala after she ate shawarma?
Fri, May 13, 2022

While food poisoning is fairly common and can occur in a range of situations, how common is Shigella infection, what are its symptoms, and when should you consult a doctor?

Warning labels, not star rating, can change consumption pattern of packaged food: Experts
Thu, May 05, 2022

The system was chosen out of five methods based on an FSSAI-commissioned survey conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad of 20,500 consumers.

Death registrations show 6% rise in pandemic year 2020: Registrar General
Wed, May 04, 2022

These are not the actual number of births and deaths in India in 2020, but only those births and deaths which got registered. Registration of births and deaths have been steadily increasing in recent years.

Covid XE variant confirmed; no cause for alarm, say officials
Tue, May 03, 2022

There was no official confirmation on where the XE sample was obtained from. But of the two unconfirmed cases reported earlier from the two states, the official said the sample from Maharashtra was not of the new sub-variant.

Explained: What are anabolic steroids and how does it impact one’s health?
Mon, May 02, 2022

Anabolic steroids are essentially lab-made versions of the male hormone testosterone and have a similar effect of increasing muscle mass as the natural hormone does.

Explained: How far could a ban on menthol cigarettes help reduce smoking in India?
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed rules for banning menthol cigarettes and all flavoured cigars. How would a similar ban play out in India?

Delhi: More camps, extended timings to increase Covid-19 vaccination coverage among children
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

The uptake of the second dose in the 12-14 age category has been slower with schools reopening fully for offline classes from the beginning of April.

With Covid cases on the uptick yet again, here’s why masking is important
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Mask up when you are in an enclosed, shared space, say experts

Very few recombinant variants discovered in India: INSACOG
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Released after a gap of three months, the bulletin states that none of these recombinant variants sequenced so far have led to increased transmission or severe disease and hospitalisation.

GTB Hospital adds more beds — strength now 1,500
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

Floating beds are the ones available in areas such as the emergency, outside operation theatres on which patients are kept for a couple of hours but aren’t admitted.

Explained: Why Covid-19 cases are rising in India, but why we needn’t panic just yet
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

The uptick in cases and positivity comes weeks after all Covid-19 related restrictions were removed from across the country.